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Rectangular two-handled dish from a dessert service: C.9.4-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Rectangular two-handled dish from a dessert service


Factory: Spode




Bone china, decorated with floral reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, flower- painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding

Bone china, moulded, with integral reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding. Rectangular with a shaped edge and rounded corners, two crabstock handles with foliated terminals on the two short ends, and deep curved sides, standing on an oval footring.
The inside of the dish is decorated with a rectangular reserve edged in gold and painted in polychrome with primrose and double larkspurr. Outside this there is a border of two raised floral sprays reserved in a pale blue ground, with polychrome floral sprays in each corner, a rose, a tulip, a ranunculus, and a purple flower. There is a gold band round the edge. The base is painted in purple enamel with ‘Primrose & Double Larkspurr./Spode,2004.


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); William Copeland (b. 1966); sold Bonham’s 23-24 July, 2013, The Contents of Trelissick House including the Copeland China China Collection, Feock, nr Truro, Cornwall, day 2, part of lot 491

Legal notes

Purchased with the Applied Arts Duplicates Fund and the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.4 cm
Length: 28.5 cm
Width: 19 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2013-10-14) by Bonhams


Early 19th Century
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1825 CE


This pattern was introduced in 1813 or 1814 and remained popular for many years. When sold by Bonham's the Trelissick dessert service was dated to c. 1825.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( pale blue) enamel ( polychrome) gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Spode/2004
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in purple enamel
  • Type: Pattern number

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on-label

  • Text: S/81/B
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: RSC over Spode printed in black and S81 hand-written in red ink
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9.4-2013
Primary reference Number: 197508
Old object number: S 81 B
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 3 December 2013 Updated: Monday 27 September 2021 Last processed: Monday 27 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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